Sunday, July 7, 2013

Movie Review: Identity Thief

Blurb: Unlimited funds have allowed Diana to live it up on the outskirts of Orlando. There's only one glitch: she's financing her shopping sprees with an ID stolen from Sandy Patterson, an accounts rep who lives halfway across the U.S. With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy Patterson is forced to extreme measures to clear his name. He hits the road to confront the woman with an all-access pass to his life and coerce her into making the 2,000 mile road trip back to Colorado to set things right.

Review: Melissa McCarthy proves once more that she can play the crass obnoxious fat girl better than anyone. Her character Diana/Sandy is a far cry from the sweet school teacher she plays on Mike and Molly

Diana is a huge con artist, making a living stealing identities and living high on the hog, which she does with no amount of style.

When the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson (Jason Bateman), hunts her down, in hopes of putting his life to rights chaos and hilarity ensue.

This is a very physical comedy with Diana being a kickass...or rather throat punching con artist, who survives things that no other person should without even a scratch. Which is why the ending seems so very unreal.

But not to worry about the ending, it is the stuff in between that makes this movie laugh out loud funny. (For adults....) The language in this movie is quite colorful, so I'd try to avoid having little ones watch...and there's one rather naughty scene with Diana and a guy she picked up at a bar (played by Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet) that's rather...racy..without anyone seeing anything.

This movie is laugh out loud funny in many ways..though it is hard to believe someone in finance got railroaded by this you see in the opening scenes.

What I loved about McCarthy's character in this film over that of her Bridesmaids character is how she did turn into more of a lady at the end. The makeover she had when she was in St Louis really turned her into "Molly" or rather an upscale Molly.

So no it isn't a family film, but it is a fun one.

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